U19 PLATE FINAL
NOTTINGHAM CAESARS vs HIGHLAND WILDCATS
This Sunday sees the culmination of a season of hard work for two groups of promising young ballers with yet another Scotland vs England matchup between the Highland Wildcats and the Nottingham Caesars.
The Caesars issued a wake up call to Britball with their semi-final victory over the favoured London Blitz. Despite a .500 record in the regular season, and a negative points difference to boot, Nottingham balled out big time when it came to the crunch, shutting out the Blitz in a 12-0 victory.
Second year Head Coach George Lees got his guys fired up for the post-season, something they were unfortunate to miss out on in 2015. With all sectors of the field firing on all cylinders, they took the game to the opposition, but perhaps the most promising sign was that the Caesars can still improve on their performance in that game.
The Wildcats didn’t quite dominate the North One the way they previously had, but did enough in a depleted division to finish as runners up to East Kilbride. Led by one of the stars of U-19 football, quarterback Euan Crawford, the Wildcats finished as the third highest scorers at youth level.
Multi-tasking rookie Head Coach James Hudson’s outfit faced one of the few teams to score more than the Wildcats in the semi-final, the Leeds Academy Assassins. Giving up the opening kickoff return for a touchdown didn’t dampen spirits, and with a big game from their defence, held Youth’s highest scorers to just 14 points whilst putting up an incredible 50 points on a team that had only conceded 80 points all season.
It’s a matchup between two teams who might’ve thought that they wouldn’t be here. The Caesars who arguably weren’t expected to fare well sharing a division with the Birmingham Lions and the Farnham Knights, let alone beat the Blitz in the post-season, and the Wildcats who probably would’ve had hopes of playing in the Championship game. We’re expecting that neither team will be resting on their laurels in what should be a fascinating matchup.
Let’s see what the DC team think…
It’s clear the DC Team are opting for the reliable Wildcats over the promising underdog of the Caesars.
A lone vote for the Caesars (Eds: From a Caesars seniors player…) and our guys look fairly confident the Scots boys will succeed where their brethren at EKP fell just short yesterday, and will take home the hardware in this matchup.